Report: Buying Hearing Aids Should Be Easier, Cheaper

A new federal advisory report wants to make buying a hearing aid as easy and inexpensive as buying prescription eyeglasses, calling for changes to “dramatically increase competition and increase new choices for millions of Americans” experiencing hearing loss. Nearly 30 million Americans have age-related hearing loss, the report notes, but only “a small fraction” are getting help for the condition “and that rate is even smaller among low income and racial and ethnic minorities.” The report from the President’s Commission …

Talking About Hearing Loss to Someone Who Doesn’t Want to Listen

En español l The one question I am asked more than any other is: “How do I talk to my spouse about hearing loss?” Every time I try to bring up the subject, they say, the spouse brushes it off. “I can hear fine,” is the impatient reply. Or, “It’s because you mumble.” Or, “It’s too loud in this restaurant.” Or — and this is the most frustrating — “Maybe I do, but it doesn’t bother me.” “Well, it bothers …